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I was the second quote from the reps.
I want to just put it into context in that I have the personal luxury of about 30 kayaks/canoes in my personal quiver and I tend to have a favorite for each job. It isn't fair to limit both of these nice designs as I may be interpreted as doing in my quote.
The Fathom can surf and the Raven can tour. But, when you own both, you develop a preference for which "arrow" to take out of the quiver.
If you have to have just one boat you will always make a bit of compromise. I've seen a lot of people buy the $5000 boat in this situation in hopes that their compromises are minimized. My only caution is that often times they don't fully investigate their personal preferences, waterways and application and may end up with overkill. However, I have some boats in this price range and I will own and paddle them for life.
P.net is filled with folks that do it all and own many boats so we all get away with less compromising situations which allow us to improve our skills and have an easier more enjoyable day on the water.
6-10 sweet kayaks still cost less than the cheapo car on the banner ad to the right of this window I'm filling up with caffeinated banter. Just saying,"sell your nice car and get more kayaks"! Thanks for looking at Eddylines. Super proud to be part of their company for the last 13 years.